Find out about opportunities for different employment options.

Going contracting has tips, tools, templates and case studies to help you get set up to go contracting.

About What it's about

You’ll find information about:

  • setting up as a contractor
  • managing finances
  • different business structures
  • finding work
  • tax and expenses
  • checking your contracts
  • insurance
  • government help.

Who Who it's for is free to use by any member of the public. The content is designed with New Zealand small businesses front of mind.     

Start your own business

Ministry of Social Development

Work and Income have a range of supports to help you if you’re starting your own business.

About What it's about

Supporting people to develop and start their own business.

You can get help with:

  • advice and training on how to start a business
  • help with essential start-up costs
  • subsidies for living costs while you’re getting started.

Who Who it's for

Each type of support has different criteria you need to meet, these are outlined on the Work and Income website.

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